Deprecating slocate for desktop users?

Timo Jyrinki timo.jyrinki at
Fri Jan 4 08:47:25 UTC 2008

On Thu, 3 Jan 2008, George Farris wrote:

>> Speaking for myself, I regularly use slocate to find things that are
>> outside my home directory (not that I use tracker for things that are in
>> my home directory - I put them where they are, so I know where they are ;)
> I also regularly use slocate, please keep it.

Like I stated, so do I, but I wouldn't find it problematic to install it 
for myself, and stop it from annoying the majority. Likewise, I wouldn't 
think Ubuntu to be any less geek-compliant even if I had to turn slocate 
on manually. I'd even like to configure it manually myself instead of it 
defaulting to daily updates which annoys me, too.

Anyway, I understand that defaulting to cron.monthly would make the data 
too obsolete, so cron.weekly might be a sensible compromise in a short 
term, in the case slocate will not be disabled for now. But also Matt's 
/etc/default/slocate with setting defaulting to disabled sounds good, 
except for I don't know how to do it so that it's only disabled for the 
desktop installations. Slocate would be even installed by default like 
currently, but on desktop installations it wouldn't run except if the 
setting would be turned on.


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